Take Two: Debating the SEC's best wide receivers in the past decade

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Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Sometimes those opinions are just wrong.

Maybe we were even off base at points last week when we tried to nail down the SEC's top five players at each position over the last decade. In some cases, the SEC blog's readers let us know just how wrong we were -- and so we decided to chime in with our own thoughts this week.

Each day this week, we will revisit those position rankings, with one of our SEC writers discussing his thoughts on the position with the colleague who came up with the original top five.

Next up, Alex Scarborough and Greg Ostendorf take turns debating last week's wide receiver rankings.

Scarborough: Amari Cooper at No. 1 doesn't bother me and Jordan Matthews certainly has the chops to be at No. 2. The interesting debate comes at No. 3 and 4 where you have Julio Jones above A.J. Green. While I understand the reasoning and would add that Jones' numbers would have been even better in a more pass-oriented offense, I can't get over a number you cited in Green's defense: 23. The fact that Green pulled down that many touchdowns despite a ridiculous four-game suspension is unreal and says just how good he was. While Jones might have been a better all-around player, Green was better at doing the one thing receivers are put on the field to do: catch touchdowns.

Aside from that, having Alshon Jeffery in the top five works. Percy Harvin was a special player, but not as consistent, and Mike Evans was essentially a one-year wonder. The one player I think you could have bumped Jeffery for was Laquon Treadwell. He may have slightly fewer touchdowns, but the fact that Treadwell ended his career on a stronger note with more catches and yards in his final season than Jeffery (while recovering from a serious leg injury, I might add) makes me give him a slight edge.

Ostendorf: One of the hardest calls for me was Jones vs. Green. To your point, there was a reason Green was taken two spots higher than Jones in the draft. Jones has ultimately had the better NFL career to this point, but coming out, most scouts believed Green was the better player. As for their college careers, it's still a virtual toss-up for me. Take away the four-game suspension, and Green finishes with better numbers in probably every category, not just touchdowns. But ultimately, the suspension is part of the reason I went with Jones. That and Jones won 36 games (and a national championship) in his three years at Alabama while Green only won 24 at Georgia.

I'm with you on Treadwell, though. I think he breaks the top five if not for that gruesome leg injury at the end of his sophomore year. He finished with 82 receptions, 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season, and he told me it took at least a month, maybe more, before he felt like the player he was before the injury. Can you imagine the numbers he might have put up had he been 100 percent the whole season? And at the pace he was on before the injury in 2014, he easily could've finished among the SEC leaders in receiving that year.

Scarborough: Last thing -- and this is nit-picky -- but I would have at least mentioned Sidney Rice among those that just missed the cut. He had 13 touchdowns as a freshman. It wasn't until Week 9 of his freshman year that he failed to score at least once in a game. Granted, it was only two years of production, but 2,239 yards and 23 touchdowns from scrimmage is hard to overlook.

Ostendorf: Fair point on Rice. The only reason I left him off was because that first year, the year he caught 13 touchdowns, was technically more than a decade ago (2005). Two other names that nearly made the “just missed the cut” list was another South Carolina wide receiver, Kenny McKinley, and Alabama's D.J. Hall. Both had over 194 receptions in their career.